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Playlist 17 May

Mickey Bradley | 15:33 UK time, Friday, 18 May 2012

The second tier of CBGBs bands were those who didn't get signed up by a record company in time to reap critical or financial acclaim. Or maybe they just weren't good enough. I think The Shirts were good, but had too much facial hair. The Shirts (from Brooklyn) appeared on a 1977 LP called Live At CBGBs. Any casual record shop browser would have seen the title and fought back the disappointment caused by  the absence of the Ramones, Talking Heads, Blondie or Television from the record.  Feargal Sharkey bought it and shared our disappointment. We did learn at least one song, to play in the Casbah in Derry. It was by Tuff Darts. Embarrassing title, but it was easy to learn. All For The Love Of Rock And Roll. Titles like that ensured the band, and their ilk, would always be just below the New York Punk Rock Salt. 

Shirts - Laugh And Walk Away
Generation X - Your Generation
Girls At Our Best! - Goodbye To That Jazz
Dictators - Laughing Out Loud
Wedding Present - Once More
Ultravox! - The Man Who Dies Every Day
Flipper - Get Away
That Petrol Emotion - Swamp
Modern Lovers - Government Center
Eyeless In Gaza - Taking Steps
Toys - Living Too Fast
X - Drunk In My Past
Doors - Soul Kitchen
Nightingales - My Brilliant Career
Stems - Love Will Grow


  • Comment number 1.

    It is sad that some second tier bands from CBGBs in the 70s are never mentioned in RnR books about New York. The Fleshtones and the Zantees come to mind. Billy Miller, Miriam Linna, Keith Streng and Peter Zaremba have never stopped rockin.


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